Thursday, October 10, 2019

AVON’s Pink Light Night Run and Walk for Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer remains to be the top causes of death among Filipinas. In fact, according to the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, 1 in 13 Filipinas will most likely develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

The rate is so alarming that even the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society also reported a data [February 2017] which showed the Philippines having the highest prevalence of breast cancer among 197 countries. The said statistics clearly showed that we still need to educate women on the importance of early detection as the best way to beat the disease as well as breast self-examination.

Breast cancer is curable when detected early. That’s why as women, we should all do a regular breast self-exam and take action for your own breast health. 

AVON Philippines will not take this issue sitting down. A well-known advocate against breast cancer and other women-related issues, AVON believes that no woman should be left in the dark about breast cancer any longer. As the leading corporate supporter of the cause, the company teams up with Color Manila for the upcoming Pink Light Night Run and Walk for Breast Cancer 2019 to raise awareness on the disease, and the breast self-exam as the surest means to detect it early. 

Check Yourself: Breast Self-Exam is the best way to beat Breast Cancer

October is Pink Month, breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Hence, we’re sharing with you the best way on how to beat the said disease which had affected a lot of women worldwide and is said to be one of the top causes of death among women.

Learn how to do the Breast Self-Exam and take action for your own breast health. Early detection and prevention is still a whole lot better than cure.

In the Shower:

Put your right hand behind your head
Press your fingers firmly on your right breast and feel for any lump or thickening.
Repeat the procedure in your other breast.

Self Breast examination

While Lying Down:

Place pillow under the right shoulder. Put your right hand firmly on your right breast.
In circular motion feel for any unusual lump or mass. Check also the area between your breast and armpit.
Repeat the procedure in your other breast. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Peach Boy Restaurant Mandaluyong Food Review

Peach Boy Restaurant facade photo by Rence Chan
I am someone who passionately believes in the ideology that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For one, I never leave home without having my breakfast because I won’t be having the energy I needed to last me through the day if I won’t be getting my dose of daily sustenance from my first meal. And to be honest about it, thinking of creative ways on what to eat for breakfast everyday may actually be draining as well. So when an opportunity to do a food review for an American-Asian inspired restaurant with an all-day breakfast concept called Peach Boy Restaurant comes up, I was certain this was something I’d count myself in. 

Peach Boy Restaurant interiors
For someone who could eat breakfast meals all day long, dining at Peach Boy Restaurant right in the heart of Mandaluyong City was indeed heaven for me. What is it about breakfast meals that I am so enamored into it? For one, you could bring in as many kinds of possible from all over the world. From its Asian-American fusion cuisines, it’ll be like having breakfasts from different countries all in one place. 

Peach Boy Restaurant is well-lit
Alright, I’ll admit, living in the metro may exactly be a culinary paradise, eating only breakfast food alone might be a bit of a far fetch. But, it’s pretty undeniable that breakfast food, in its entirety, is AWESOME. I mean just think about hot waffles, pancakes, bacon, eggs and sausages. Doesn’t that conjure up a wonderfully irresistible image in your mind?

The newly opened Peach Boy Restaurant promises to provide a unique dining experience that will keep guests coming back for more. Peach Boy aims to serve original and enticing food that’s also Instagram-able!  It’s varied menu ranges from Filipino breakfast staples to Hawaiian-Japanese fusion dishes to classic American sandwiches and pastries.

Friday, October 4, 2019

What's Your Favorite Banana Cake Social Media Contest

Banana Cake

MAYA has always loved giving you easy kitchen and baking essentials to encourage you to have fun in the kitchen! I recently shared some exciting recipes on how to jazz up your banana cake on my blog. 

And here's a piece of good news guys: They’re giving banana cake fans to share their yummiest and most creative banana cake recipes on their Facebook Page!
Fans can share photos of their favorite #MayaBananaCake creations and get a chance to win Maya products!
Here’s how you can join:
1. Like MAYA’s Facebook page (!
2. Comment on this
post with a photo of your favorite Maya Banana Cake creation.
Lucky winners will be chosen every Monday until November 4, 2019. They will be featured on MAYA’s Facebook Page, and will get P2500 worth of Maya products!
Entries will be accepted until October 31, 2019.

Good luck guys!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Jazz Up Your Banana Cake with MAYA Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix

Banana is everyone's favorite
If there’s one fruit I’d love to have any time of the day, it would have to be banana. I mean, who doesn’t love having a banana? It’s delicious, nutritious and is known to be a great source of potassium. It’s also a no-fail comfort food for many of us. That’s why it comes as no surprise that banana cake had also become a favorite dessert that perfectly caps off each meal.

I recently received a parcel from MAYA Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix
It’s such a good thing that every time I crave for a banana cake, MAYA Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix makes it easier for me to create one right at my own kitchen! With some creative juices, one can actually jazz up one’s banana cake and make it into an exciting new dessert.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

5 Savvy Japan Budget Tips for Pinoys

For intrepid Filipino travelers, Japan is one of those destinations that are worth repeated visits. If not for the expensive cost of living there, more Pinoys would probably make a yearly trip to the country, as many of them love the Japanese culture so much. Fortunately, there is always a way to save money, so you don’t have to go home with an empty bank account and a mountain of credit card debts to pay.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

5th Danish Film Festival Happening from October 9-13, 2019 at the Shang

The Embassy of Denmark proudly announces the return of the 5th Danish Film Festival at the Red Carpet Theater of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City from October 9 to 13, 2019. This year's line up of featured films focuses on the strength and variety of the Danish film culture.

For the opening night, the Filipino produced and directed psycho-thriller Nuuk will be the featured film. Wikipedia says that Nuuk (Greenlandic pronunciation: [nuːk], Danish: [ˈnu(ː)k]; Danish: Godthåb) is the capital and largest city of Greenland. It is the seat of government and the country's largest cultural and economic centre. The major cities closest to the capital are Iqaluit and St. John's in Canada and Reykjavík in Iceland.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Hearty Bread's Deliciously Gluten-Free Healthy Products

Hearty Bread
If you’re tired of paying too much for sliced gluten free bread that you can’t separate or crumbles before your very eyes, here’s Hearty Bread, a gluten free bread brand to try.

Although packaged gluten free products are said to be more expensive than conventional products it is due to the fact that the ingredients are more expensive (in part because the market is smaller). However it's not the case for Hearty Bread. They have larger loaves of bread that are still king of a properly sized piece of bread that isn't more melba toast than sandwich bread. 

Gluten free Banana Loaf
 Oh and did I mention I love their banana loaf. In the vernacular, we refer to it as "siksik", meaning to say it's not spongy. It weighs better and tastes better too. The usual banana loaf are too sweet for my taste but Heart Bread's is perfectly right on my kind of sweetness.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Nailaholics National Pampering Day 2019 happens on October 17!

It's that time of the year again where Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, one of the leading nail salon and spa in the country treats its loyal patrons and clienteles to the annual National Pampering Day. Now on their 4th year, Nailaholics National Pampering Day is slated to happen this coming October 17, 2019 and it's set to happen simultaneously nationwide in all of Nailaholics branches in the Philippines. 

A quaint Hamptons-inspired destination, Nailaholics  has over 70 locations across the country today [and still counting]. So what exactly is this much-talked about and highly anticipated Nalaholics National Pampering Day is all about? If you aren't familiar with it yet, this is done annually. All you have to do is to donate P50 to any of Nailaholics branches for #SaveTheSeasPH on the specific day given [October 17] from 10AM-1PM and you can get a choice of any of these treatments for free: manicure, footspa or foot massage!
Tetcha Figuerres gets a hand spa from a Nailaholics therapist

Manicure's done at its finest

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Yummy Tokyo Regis Center Katipunan Food Review: Affordable Good Quality Ramen Up Until its Last Slurp!

Yummy Tokyo banner

If you were an Atenean or someone who studies in one of the nearby campuses in that area along Katipunan Avenue, you know pretty much that amidst the hurly-burly of nail salons, gaming stops and fitness centers, there is Regis Center--a favorite hangout place where restaurants and other student related activities abound. But apart from that, there's a food hall on the 3rd level of Regis Center that's worth checking out. And that's also how I've learned about my latest food discovery called Yummy Tokyo. 

Regis Center Food Hall

Regis Center Food Hall

With the Ateneo Campus as your backdrop while you eat, how can you ever go wrong?

Unlike ordinary food courts, the food hall at Regis Center isn't just a perfect study space  or a venue for a meeting with the interesting view of Ateneo de Manila's pocket of greens and the hustle and bustle downstairs, people actually come here at Regis Center to enjoy a really good meal. And because the primary customer base is made up of students, the food hall thoughtfully comes up in fun ways to present a positive youthful vibe which can be noticed right from the way their walls were carefully crafted to the establishments. 

Now, let's get back to my latest food discovery, Yummy Tokyo. As a certified ramen enthusiast, I've always been in search of affordable bowls of ramen without sacrificing its quality or taste. Each time I stumble upon affordable ramen bowls at unbelievably affordable price and able to pass my palate's discriminating taste, I can't help but write about it and share the good news to my fellow foodies. Hence, here at Regis Center, I've came across Yummy Tokyo. 

Ramen, that beloved Japanese noodle dish, has skyrocketed in popularity around the world. Bowls of it are generally served in a very hot soup. Now is perfectly fine to get your noodle fix in the chill of the coming "Ber"months and the Holiday season. Ramen noodles may seem simple at first blush, but ramen noodles in reality have complexities.
If you're like me who's craving for some ramen fix — look no further. Yummy Tokyo is here, affordable delicious bowls of ramen for you to slurp during this season’s sultry afternoons or nights.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Relive Your Childhood Memories with 7-Eleven’s Childhood Classics promo: Win a Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland!

7-Eleven Gives you the chance to relive your childhood memories with its latest promo

Back in the 80's,  I remember that as a child, I really wanted to visit the happiest place on the planet--Disneyland. How I yearned to see the "Magic Kingdom" of Princess Aurora [Sleeping Beauty] as I would often see them as an opening billboard on any Disney animated film. If I had my way, I wish to be back in the 80's or 90's era where life had been much simpler. I must've outgrown such dreams of mine. But what if I tell you that you can relive your childhood memories and get the chance to feel like a kid again? It isn't too late to make your childhood dreams to come true.

Yes, you can have these for real. 7-Eleven launches its latest Childhood Classics promo! It's the Ultimate throwback quite like no other! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Pop-Up Katipunan: Definitely Not Your Usual Mall

The Pop Up Katipunan
Have you ever heard of container van architecture? If you haven’t, then you’re probably missing out on something. I had the rare opportunity to sleep in a container van turned into a hotel/inn during my previous travel gigs but I hadn’t seen an al fresco mall which had its tenants in a movable container van architecture until I’ve been to The Pop Up Katipunan recently.

Situated right in the heart of Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, The Pop Up’s dynamic architecture allows itself to become a must-visit place for partying or simply hanging out with friends at night after a grueling work day. It’s also a unique lifestyle mall during the day where family can spend their quality time dining out in one of the establishments.

Do not underestimate the container architecture of The Pop Up Katipunan. One of the many advantages of this unique lifestyle mall is that the container vans can be rearranged in a matter of hours—and could easily transform itself to accommodate fully-functional retail space from its large-scale events place vibe.

I recently toured The Pop Up Katipunan and I’d have to say I was pretty impressed. There were several constructions which are now in full swing such as the Alliance MMA Gym which is said to be owned by popular MMA fighter Brandon Vera, who happens to be a good friend of my Uncle, former UFC MMA fighter, Mark Munoz, better known as “The Filipino Wrecking Machine."  Mr. Jeffrey Oh, one of The Pop Up Katipunan owners said that it will even house an acrylic swimming pool on its roof deck. 

Mr. Jeffrey Oh, one of the owners of The Pop Up Katipunan

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

REPERTORY PHILIPPINES stages its First Filipino Musical Adaptation via The Quest for the Adarna

My first encounter with the mythical Adarna bird happened during my freshman year in high school. Back then, it was an academic requirement to study corrido [a popular narrative song and poetry that forms a ballad.] as part of Philippine literature. Ibong Adarna is a 16th century Filipino epic poem about an eponymous magical bird. The story is commonly attributed to the Filipino poet Jose de la Cruz, better known as “Huseng Sisiw.” However, to this day, the exact authorship is disputed because another legend says it was brought to the Philippines by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Discover what’s standing between you and your success in preventing hair loss

Press release:

There comes a time in your life that you have to stand up and say, “Enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your life for the better. Who doesn’t want to become accomplished? Even the “gifted” and brilliant ones have to pay the price so as to realize their goals in life.
When we fail to eat on time, get enough exercise or sleep between seven to nine hours a day, we’re compromising our health and wellness as we reduce the maximum extent that our body must function. Consequently, the effects in our body may extend and manifest as early warning signs of hair loss.
Take it from celebrity beauty and salon expert Fanny “TF” Serrano, who once personally experienced such an ordeal.  For him, avoiding harsh synthetic solutions and choosing to use the right products with natural ingredients is a must and still the best way to deal with mane problems like losing or thinning of the hair. 

With this in mind, embracing natural healthy lifestyle is so important to achieve optimal health, best physical condition and healthy full head of hair. Health products made out of natural ingredients are way effective for better healing and maintaining our body’s lifelong function than those of synthetic ones. Rather than investing in those branded shampoos or other hair treatments, there’s a natural way to help arrest hair loss and help remedy its four early symptoms, namely, excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hair line, and bald patches. This is none other than NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dyslipidemia: What Every Filipino Should Know

Cardiovascular diseases are still very much prevalent in the lives of many Filipinos. This is due to the fact that Filipinos love to eat. Each time we gather, there will always be something to eat. And even if we eat something that's supposedly nutritious such as the Ilocano vegetable dish Pinakbet, still it's not as healthy as you think it is. Why is that so? Primarily because we cook our Pinakbet with fermented shrimp paste [Bagoong] which is really salty and we also include chunks of crispy deep-fried bagnet [pork belly] as toppings for our pinakbet. So how would you say that it is a healthy vegetable dish when you have all of these things as part of your ingredients? That's why we are said to be predisposed to CVD and ischemic stroke among many other lifestyle associated diseases. 

Have you ever heard of Dyslipidemia? I have not encountered this word until I had recently heard about it when I had attended a bloggers event by Zuellig Pharma and Amgen Philippines to create awareness of CVD and its implications. During the said event, Dr. Lourdes Ella Santos, MD, an Adult Cardiologist and Lipidologist gave a short talk about this alarming condition called dyslipidemia as well as discussed about other risk factors on certain heart diseases and ailments.

Monday, September 9, 2019

FREE Movies at the Cine Mexico at Shangri-La Plaza’s Red Carpet Theater

Cine Mexico at the Red Carpet of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Back in the 90’s, I guess we’ve all been guilty at some point in our lives of being hooked to poignant Mexican telenovelas or soap operas. If you weren’t into that, then perhaps you must’ve enjoyed at least any delicious Mexican food or you must’ve been a beauty pageant fanatic who would always look for  Mexico’s representative with much anticipation. But have you ever tried watching any Mexican film? In the recent years, two of the five Best Picture winners at the much-acclaimed award-giving body Oscars have been films by Mexican directors—Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. I was able to see The Shape of Water and it was indeed one of the greatest Mexican films I had ever seen. There were unexpected twists on the said movie’s ending which gave audiences something to think about as they left the cinema. Such films along with Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma which recently received accolades helped put Mexico’s reputation for contemporary cinema.

Now here’s the good news for everyone, you too can watch and see Mexican films for FREE this coming Cine Mexico which will be happening from September 20 until 24, 2019 at the Red Carpet Theater Cinema 4 of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. This is in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico in Manila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Bayani Agbayani as brand ambassador for CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation's Home Suite

CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation, the company behind Home Suite brand--recently launched popular comedian Bayani Agbayani as its latest celebrity endorser and brand ambassador. 

CLC Ventures Corp. President and CEo Mr. Charles Ching with Bayani Agbayani

Ms. Len [Bayani's wife, Mr. Charlie Ching, CEO and President of CLC Ventures Corp., Bayani Agbayani and Charles Peter Ching

Bayani Agbayani is indeed a perfect choice for the world-class quality products produced by Home Suite because Bayani is a good family man who also believes in the excellent craftsmanship of Filipino products. Home Suite, being proudly Filipino-made is a staple in most Filipino homes for the past three decades. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

New adventures and songs await kids in REP’s The Quest for the Adarna

It was on my first year in high school where I came across the kingdom of Berbanya where the adventures of Ibong Adarna happened. It was a really nice story about three brothers and their father [the King] who  has gotten ill and only the Adarna bird could restore back the King's health. A 16th century Filipino epic poem about an eponymous magical bird, the story of the Ibong Adarna has captivated children across the Philippines for generations. Now, it's thrilling to know that well-loved theater company, Repertory Philippines takes the wonderful story of the Adarna bird onstage as it is brings the colorful tale to life for families everywhere with a new English version called The Quest for the Adarna.

Produced through RTYA (REP’s Theater for Young Audiences), the vibrant original musical will be running from September 14 to January 26 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1.

The play takes place in the peaceable and prosperous kingdom of Berbania, which is ruled by the beloved King Fernando and his equally loved wife, Queen Valeriana. They are blessed with three sons–all mighty warriors. The eldest and heir to the throne is the pompous Prince Pedro; the second son is the dashing Prince Diego; and, the youngest, the kind-hearted Prince Juan.

Their idyllic life is shattered when King Fernando is struck by a mysterious sickness and can only be healed by the song of the mythical bird, Adarna. Anyone wanting to capture the bird must travel to its home on Mount Tabor, a journey that is difficult and froth with danger. After his first two brothers fail on their quest, Prince Juan bravely takes on the task to save his father.

An enduring epic that remains one of our great cultural treasures, the Ibong Adarna story is reborn as an entertaining play with original music. Suitable for children of all ages, The Quest for the Adarna is an original RTYA Production under Creative Director Joy Virata, assisted by co-directors Jamie Wilson and Naths Everett, with music by Rony Fortich and book and lyrics by Luna Griño-Inocian.

A wonderful cast completes this production, featuring both stage veterans and fresh faces. The titular Adarna will be played by Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Andrea Monique Alvarado, and Cara Barredo. Joining them are Arion Sanchez, Jim Andrew Ferrer, Ade Valenzona as Prince Pedro, Vinni Todd, Luis Marcelo, and Sean Nolasco as Prince Diego, and Leo John Guinid, Diego Aranda, and Neo Rivera as Prince Juan.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Enjoy Sumptuous Brunch Buffet in this Private Piece of Paradise called Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort Anilao

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort, Anilao, Batangas

Eager to explore more of Batangas? Begin your ecstatic island getaway with an engaging combination of good food and awesome water sports. Discover new sights, smells, and tastes with a beautiful beachside feast. Feel right at home as you ease into Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort, the destination of choice for a memorable escapade.

Saltitude is where you can do a lot of water sports

There’s nothing like witnessing the sea waters as they reflect the eternal horizon. During my recent out of town travel with fellow foodies and blogger friends, we had the chance to enjoy a sumptuous brunch buffet at Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. After all, one of the must-do’s when you’re on a travel is to sample the buffet spread and what it difference does it offer. This definitely saves you the trouble of finding a suitable venue during your weekend getaway. 

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort is known for its most spectacular beach front location, but one can also indulge in fabulously fresh, all-day dining here. Explore the crystal clear water and scattered diving spots that surround the resort and have fun in different water sports like windsurfing, kayak, snorkel, swimming among many others.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Saturday brunch buffet at Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort recently launched “Brunchin’ @ the beach” where they featured a selection of intercontinental cuisines. This exciting dining experience happens every Saturday and is themed per cuisine each time. Some Saturdays would be Spanish, other Saturdays it will be Asian, yet intercontinental spread from Pinoy, to samplings of Japanese, Chinese, Italian and American cuisines.

An array of brunch choices await you at Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort's "Brunch @ the beach"

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Caffeine Brothers Co. releases CB's Finest, the kickstarter blend for all

Caffeine Brothers Co. releases CB's Finest, the kickstarter blend for all

Are you tired of your usual cup of joe? If you're a caffeine addict like me, you'd be happy to know there's a new player in retail and distribution which recently launched an online store for Philippine specialty coffee.

Caffeine Brothers Co., an up-and-coming startup specialty coffee retail and distributorship based in Manila, Philippines, announced today the finest launch in the Philippine Coffee Industry history with the release of CB's Finest - the kickstarter. The first addition to the voluminous blends to be released shall be available for everyone to enjoy and within everyone's reach through their online store at

Amidst several coffee company which claims to have the perfect coffee, Caffeine Brothers Co. thrives through technology paired with deep love for a good cup of coffee. Now, enthusiasts and caffeine buffs can enjoy various types of coffee beans and Caffeine Brothers' signature blend sourced from local growers only in the Philippines straight from the web to their doorstep.

"Most us do not actually know but for a time in our past, the Philippines was hailed as a top coffee producing nation. We were once a coffee country!" said Robin, co-founder of Caffeine Brothers Co.

"This time is the perfect opportunity for Caffeine Brothers to grow. Our sole mission for this venture is to share our passion for coffee, be one of the pioneers in the purely online arena, and pro-caffeinate the country with our home-grown beans." he added.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Zula Mnl Hostel: Serving Authentic Mediterranean Comfort Food and a Backpacker’s Home Away from Home

Zula Hostel Manila and Restaurant
I’ve been passing along that area in Makati Avenue for quite a while and I hadn’t known that a new establishment now occupies the area where the space that the old Fersal Hotel used to occupy has been turned into a restaurant now serves authentic Mediterranean food. Located right in the heart of Makati City’s commercial business district, Zula Manila Hostel and Restraurant opened its doors to the public mid of this year, 2019. The storefront looks commanding and honestly I was thinking it was a place you’d only want to go to on special occasions. Glad to know I’m entirely wrong. Together with my foodie friends Rence and Kat, who’s a professional chef, we decided to check out what does Zula Manila has to offer. 

Zula's interior

I learned later that Zula is actually a hidden gem of a restaurant cum backpacker’s inn (yes, there a rooms available for occupancy upstairs in their hotel) waiting to be discovered by both food/coffee enthusiasts and traveling backpackers. Zula Hostel isn’t just an inn for backpacking travelers but is also a great place to try and sample Mediterranean cuisine that had always been exciting. 

Some of the foods we've had at Zula Hostel

Before opening the restaurant, the people behind the said resto actually took their time to do some research on Mediterranean cuisine by visiting Israel and trying out all the recommended dishes as well as do their studies on food and development, a requirement for those who are in the food industry. The effort was there for they really didn't need to do such, but they wanted to serve authentic Mediterranean food which aren't limited to souvlaki and tzatsiki. 

Zula coffee in cute espresso cups
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